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I have a problem with Windows 7 and cmd.exe with these conditions:

  • Logon as non admin user
  • Launch cmd.exe

I can see cmd.exe in task manager but it's invisible in the desktop and I don't know what to do, everything is fine and I can see cmd.exe if I do login with an admin account. I can see it in the "Process" tab but not in the "Application" tab, and if I launch five cmd.exe's, I see five processes, but from that tab I have no "Bring to front" or "Maximise"

I can't find any WOW folder under C:\Windows, even with show hidden and system files enabled.

I'm running Windows 7 32-bit running on a 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo E7500

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Is it a 64 bit machine running windows 7 32 bits, by any chance? –  byte_slave Nov 17 '10 at 9:44
    
Does right clicking on cmd.exe in task manager and selecting bring to front or maximise do anything? –  sgmoore Nov 17 '10 at 10:42

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The Window has been set to invalid screen coordinates, but it is easy to fix:

  1. Click the command-prompt button the taskbar
  2. Press the following keys:
    1. Alt+Space
    2. S
    3. Any of the arrow keys (e.g., )
  3. Move the mouse (the command-prompt window should now be on screen)
  4. Save the new position by pressing the following keys:
    1. Alt+Space
    2. P
    3. Enter or Return

Now close the command-prompt and open another one. The window should be on screen.

(Note, the method above for saving the position exploits a bug in Windows 7. You can select Defaults in the context-menu instead of Properties if Microsoft ever decides to fix the bug. Also, for Windows XP, you can do the same actions, but must select Modify shortcut that started this window after pressing Enter.)

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Ok. Try to search it inside the WOW folder under Windows folder. When u run win7 32bits inside a 64bits machine, the windows creates a folder called WOW (Windows on Windows) where it stores some of the 32 bits applications. Try it and

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The WOW folder is only there if you run 64 bit Windows, if you run a regular copy of Windows 32 there will be no such folder even if the processor is 64 bit. –  Weltenwanderer Jan 26 '11 at 18:52

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